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Rethinking Transparency – Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule Rescinds Proposed Survey Disclosure Rule

The 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)/Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule, published in April 2017, contained a controversial provision that would have required accrediting organizations (AOs) that confer deemed status (such as The Joint Commission and DNV) to make all survey reports and acceptable plans of correction publicly available on their …

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EEOC Alleges Hospital’s Mandatory Flu Vaccine Policy Violates Title VII

As summer temperatures soar, one might think the last thing to worry about is the upcoming flu season. And while that may be true in most respects, the flu is on the minds of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). A lawsuit filed by the EEOC sheds light on the issue for healthcare employers who …

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Budget Deal Alters Reimbursement to Off-Campus Hospital-Owned Facilities

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which significantly changes Medicare reimbursement for off-campus hospital services. The Act, which Congress passed late last week, will alter Medicare reimbursement for new off-campus hospital-owned facilities that have heretofore been treated as “hospital-based.” Off-campus facilities for …

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Hospital Antitrust Skirmish Over Economist

Antitrust law is designed to help the Davids of the world maintain a level playing field with the Goliaths. That objective was realized when Boise, Idaho-based hospital operator St. Alphonsus Health System, Inc. (“St. Al’s”) sued rival St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd. (“St. Luke’s”), to block St. Luke’s acquisition of the Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”), …

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Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Wins Appeal: ProMedica Merger with St. Luke’s Not Allowed

On April 22, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Sixth Circuit) upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) finding that the merger between Ohio-basedProMedica Health System, Inc. (ProMedica) and St. Luke’s Hospital (St. Luke’s), an independent community hospital that operates in the one of the same counties as ProMedica, would adversely affect competition in violation of federal …

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